Canonical, the owner of Ubuntu Linux has announced preview of their product but with only two phones; the Galaxy Nexus and the elegant Nexus 4.
Android users that are excited about Ubuntu Linux preview of their phones may be a little disheartened to know that the preview will be limited to only a couple of favored brands; the now ageing Galaxy Nexus and the exotic Nexus 4.
Popularity of Ubuntu Phones
Why are Ubuntu phones popular? The reason is that they bring up a whole lot of new features to the Android phones that includes excellent design. In fact it is possible turning the phone into a mini desktop PC using some compatible external device to connect the phone with a keyboard and monitor and bingo; there is the new desktop PC in miniature form for you.
Multiple Benefits of Conversion
Facilities for such conversion gives multiple benefits to the user because they need not carry any other instrument excepting only this one during tours and travels and the carrying of a smaller device will be much more convenient in comparison to even carrying the laptop or tablet.
Fascinating for Mobile Users
People who are accustomed to do most things online will find this fascinating but as already said the benefit will initially be limited to users of Nexus sets alone. Of course Canonical plans to extend the use of Ubuntu to other phones in near future but they have also pointed out that the software is not yet in its complete form and may require some more time before creating compatibility to all phones become possible.
Mozilla Pursues Canonical
Canonical has been experimenting consistently with a host of devices that includes TV, PC, and mobile phones. Since Linux is an open source product, they hope it to come up handy for the users. However, they are not the only open source company working in the field as Mozilla Foundation has also announced its new Firefox Operating System that would hit the web sometimes in the later part of the current year and which will be; like the Ubuntu, installable on all Android devices.
Google and HTC in the Race
Not remaining far behind in the race is Google that has come up with free Chrome OS as well as the Google TV OS with the objective of making Google the centre of web world. Ubuntu however will not only be confined to smart phones but will also be launched on tablets. But this objective of Canonical could suffer a set back in view of the fact that HTC is planning its indigenous Ubuntu tablet besides the HTC One. A recent teaser by HTC also revealed a tablet like device that was aptly hidden under a grey sheet.
Silence over Hardware
One interesting feature in the entire episode is that none of the device makers have come up with any proposal of hardware running the Ubuntu Phone though it may ultimately prove necessary.However, in the upcoming Mobile World Congress something may crop up and may have major bearing on any idea of Ubuntu phones.